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Dilshan smashed seven boundaries and a six during his knock of 46
The Sydney Thunder finally broke their 19-game losing streak when they cruised past the Melbourne Renegades by nine wickets at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
The Thunders’ opening pair of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Usman Khawaja did exceptionally well as they scored 46 runs apiece.
However, they were well supported by pace bowler Gurinder Sandhu, who took three wickets, and Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis, who claimed two wickets.
Renegades captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat first.
However, his decision to do so backfired in the worst possible way as he himself was clean bowled by Sandhu off the second ball of the innings.
Alex Doolan failed to last much longer as he was caught by Chris Tremain at mid-on off the bowling of Sandhu for eight.
Ben Rohrer and Daniel Harris stabilised the innings with a 50-run partnership before Rohrer was given out lbw off the bowling of Andrew Tye for 22.
Following Rohrer’s dismissal, the Renegades’ middle and lower order completely collapsed as they went from 61/3 to 104 all out.
Harris was the top-scorer with 30 off 31 balls, which included four boundaries.
Sandhu was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mendis snapped up two and Tye, Tremain and Dirk Nannes all chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing a simple target of 105 to win, the Thunder got off to a magnificent start as Dilshan and Khawaja amassed an 89-run partnership before Dilshan was caught by Michael Hill at mid-off off the bowling of James Pattinson for 46.
Dilshan’s fantastic knock of 46 came off 29 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.
However, there was no more drama from that point on as the Thunder went on to win the match with more than eight overs to spare.
Khawaja remained undefeated on 46 off 34 deliveries, which included seven boundaries.
Pattinson was the only bowler to take a wicket.